Jean Paul Gaultier
Autumn-Winter 2010/11 – Everything about this show was transnational. From the invite, to the live band of Russian balalaika and banjo’s, to the colourful clothing that included leather berets and brightly embroidered or metallic gold turbans. Hats were certainly prominent The Nepalese fur hats were central to the outerwear which included bright yellow or lurid green tights and Aztec prints on thigh-high wooly socks. Many of the clothes were dramatised such that a pair of beige trousers were not waist high but chest high and coats shoulders were broader than the usual nod to the eighties. The cultural collection combined countries purporting the idea of multinationalism: sweatshirt dresses hung over Chinese silk embroidered trousers; Asian wooden platforms before Mary Jane’s; Mandarin-collared silk shirts under checked coats; Aboriginal neck clasps and Indian ankle bracelets; the list was endless. An endless list pointed to the concoction of prints, colours, fabrics, and everything else that was thrown into the mix.